The Finney County Commission on Monday accepted a road easement donation for a dirt road off of Farmland Road that would be used for residents in the area to access their property and would be maintained as part of the county road system.

A recent proposed development at 500 S. Farmland Road, Lot 1, has brought about the discussion of access to seven lots near South Farmland Road. The residents along this unnamed road are concerned about losing access, said County Engineer John Ellerman, and the current access being used is a trail road that runs east from Farmland for about 1,250 feet. 

County staff determined that the road was part of the former ConAgra meatpacking plant property and originally was used as truck access to the plant until the main entrance was built, Ellerman said. Ever since, the road has been used by the development to the north. 

Ellerman said research also shows that the road is now part of the Garden City Industrial Park, LLC (GCIP) property.

Jim Orr with GCIP indicated to the county that GCIP was willing to donate the easement for consideration of a tax credit for the road.

According to county documents, the cost will be approximately $3,000 for the initial grading and graveling of the road and less than $1,000 per year for regular maintenance. Funds would come from the Road and Bridge budget. There also will be a minor loss in property tax collected after the easement is subtracted from the GCIP tax statement, according to county documents.

In other business:

• Commissioners approved a request from the City of Garden City to waive the $2 per ton municipal waste charge for the City’s Spring Cleanup scheduled for April 2 through 13.

The county has waived this fee in the past. The county’s Public Works Department will coordinate with the landfill. Public Works also has offered several sites around the county where the public can haul debris, then the county will haul the debris to the landfill.

• Commissioners approved a $39,500 bid from Comfort specialists to replace heating and air units in the 4-H building and the Grandstand meeting room at the Finney County Fairgrounds.

• Commissioners reappointed Kim Fisher to the Community Corrections Advisory Board per the request of the The 25th Judicial District Community Corrections. Fisher represents Compass Behavioral Health, and her term will run from April 2018 to March 2020.


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